Referencing tools

Referencing tools to help format references correctly and incorporate them into assignments.

UWE Bristol Harvard reference builder

Easy to use online tool that builds references for the two most common formats: books and journal articles.

UWE Bristol Harvard reference builder

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free online reference manager tool that allows you to store and format references and then incorporate them into Word documents. It can help you to manage and organise your research and collaborate with others online. It enables you to import citations and research papers from online databases, and it can generate bibliographies.

Mendeley

Key features

  • Web interface and Mendeley desktop, which can sync with an online account.
  • Free to all users (there are costs for upgraded storage).
  • Unlimited storage on desktop (size restricted by local storage capacity), plus 1GB free web space.
  • Mobile apps: iOS and Android.
  • Queries PubMed database for matches from PDFs.
  • 12 popular citation styles, plus easy download of other styles.
  • Collaborate with other researchers by creating public and private groups. Automatic synchronisation of collections among multiple computers. One private group of 3 members is free. View costs for private groups.

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Zotero

Zotero is a free online reference manager tool that allows you to store and format references.

Zotero

Key features

  • Firefox extension (IE, Chrome and Safari can be used with Zotero Standalone). Can sync with online account, but web library not editable.
  • Free to all users (there are costs for upgraded storage).
  • Unlimited storage on desktop (size restricted by local storage capacity), plus 300MB free web storage.
  • Mobile apps.
  • Queries Google Scholar for matches from PDFs.
  • 18 popular citation styles,but more can be downloaded from the Zotero style repository.
  • Collaborate with other researchers by creating public and private groups. Automatic synchronisation of collections among multiple computers.

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Refworks (existing users)

Our subscription to Refworks ends in September 2021.

An online service that allows you to store and format references. You can export to RefWorks from the library search and most databases. References can then be formatted in any of the UWE Bristol referencing styles and incorporated into Word documents.

Refworks